Dr. Champ Presents Overview of 2020-21 Proposed Budget

Alexander Wolff

Dr. Cheryl Champ shared an overview of the Superintendent’s 2020-21 budget proposal at the Board of Education’s meeting on February 26. The $77,370,000 proposal complies with the New York State tax cap and includes a tax levy increase of 3.15%. The proposed budget preserves all current academic and extracurricular programming while striving to meet the goals outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan. 

The Board of Education will now consider the budget proposal over the next several weeks as follows:

Date

Time

Meeting

Saturday, March 7

9am-4pm

All Day Line-by-Line Review

Wednesday, March 18

8:15pm

BOE Meeting, Budget Discussion

Wednesday, April 1

8:15pm

BOE Meeting, Budget Discussion

Wednesday, April 22

8:15pm

BOE Meeting, Budget Adoption & BOCES Budget Vote

Wednesday, May 6

8:15pm

State-Mandated Budget Hearing

Tuesday, May 19

7am-9pm

Budget Vote & School Board Member Election

* All meetings are open to the public and will be held in PMHS Alumni Hall. Voting for the May 19 Budget Vote & School Board Member Election will be in the PMHS Main Gym. 

“We have worked hard to propose a budget that aligns with our core Strategic Plan goals of Authentic Learning, the Whole Child, and Cultural Competence,” Dr. Champ said. “I look forward to working with the Board and hearing from the community as we refine this proposal and adopt a budget that deepens our educational system while being responsible to our taxpayers.” 

Budget highlights include: 

  • Continuing professional development for the integration of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Pelham Middle School and in grades 9 and 10 at Pelham Memorial High School, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Responsive Classroom, STEAM, literacy, civic discourse, cultural competence, performance-based assessments and next generation learning standards

  • Increasing the literacy staff developer position from part-time to full-time

  • Updating elective offerings at the high school in humanities and STEAM

  • Ensuring that class sizes across all grade levels are at or below Board of Education guidelines

  • Continuing implementation of mobile learning devices and exploring emerging technologies that support learning and teaching

  • Adding modified cheerleading

  • Expanding the use of innovative and flexible furnishings

Growth in the tax levy related to the operating budget is 2.20%, largely resulting from $1,772,000 in contractual salary increases. The remaining .95% increase in the tax levy is related to the Capital Budget, and includes an expected decrease in building aid from already completed projects and some new borrowing for projects in the 2018 Capital Improvement Bond. The budget-to-budget increase when compared with the 2019-20 budget is 3.26%. The preliminary budget is subject to change pending revisions to state aid in the New York State budget. 

The presentation slides from the budget overview are available on the District website

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